Honest question: if all the F1 drivers were replaced by AI robots who had equal ability, so that the cars were the only thing that mattered, would you still watch F1?Jolle wrote: ↑Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:42 pmSeeing this is a technical forum, formula one is who can build and race the best car. Spec series are kinda fun, but so uninteresting on a technical level for me. From the first time I watched F1 the pushing the limit on car development is so much more rewarding then the endless discussions that driver x would beat driver y in the same car.Kingshark wrote: ↑Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:26 pmNah, that’s not even remotely close to being true.El Scorchio wrote: ↑Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:44 pmIf the top bods at Mercedes or Ferrari or RBR decided Ricciardo (for example) was a better bet than what they've got, then they'd have jettisoned their incumbent driver for him. Just like what happened at Ferrari to Vettel. They aren't stupid, subjective or sentimental and going to keep a driver on out of loyalty over performance. There's a reason Hamilton has kept that drive for seven years. There's a reason RBR put all their eggs in the Verstappen basket. There's a reason Leclerc has been anointed at Ferrari.
The teams feel those particular drivers give them the best chance of success, and unfortunately for Ricciardo and a few others, they see him as slightly below that level.
Vettel won 4 championships on the bounce while Alonso (a superior driver) was stuck in an inferior Ferrari. The fact that Alonso was better than Vettel did not encourage Red Bull to change their driver lineup.
The fact that Hamilton is driving a Mercedes right now is zero evidence on whether he is actually the best driver on the grid. As Russell showed in Sakhir, looking good in a Mercedes is not that difficult (even without practice)
This idea that the best drivers will always end up in the best teams is a complete myth, an idealistic concept that has no basis in reality.
Having the best car in Formula 1 is mostly down to dumb luck.
I’m actually curious about your answer